Panorama Dokumente

1. März 2019 0

TALKING ABOUT TREES was one of 45 films shown in the section PANORAMA during the 69th BERLINALE in Berlin. It is a documentary film made by the Sudanese filmmaker Suhaib Gasmelbari about four aged renovaters of Sudanese cinema. Gasmelbari is the winner of two important prizes: PANORAMA PUBLIKUMSPREIS for the best documentary and the GLASHÜTTE…

Festival-Nachlese

7. Juni 2018 0

Täuscht der Eindruck, oder war es in diesem Jahr an der Croisette in Cannes etwas leerer als sonst? Es könnte daran gelegen haben, dass gleichzeitig zu den dortigen Filmfestspielen am Rande des Zittauer Gebirges das 15. Neiße-Filmfestival (NFF) abgehalten wurde. Filmleute, die beide Festivals kennen, empfinden das NFF als das sympathischere. Leider aber können hier…

The Schwerin Filmkunstfest took place for the 28th time this year. Schwerin is the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and former residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg, with an old castle in the Neo-Renaissance style and an Old City with small trails. Now it´s the capital of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the Baltic Sea. That´s…

(Dieser Artikel erschien zuerst in der "Rheinpfalz") Die Kanadierin Lia (Devery Jacobs) in „The Sun at Midnight/Mitternachtssonne“ wird ebenso wie der Franzose Nassim (Khaled Alouach) in „De tout mes forces/Machs gut!“ durch den plötzlichen Tod der Mutter aus dem bisherigen Leben gerissen. Der Junge geht auf ein angesehenes Gymnasium in Paris, alle Türen standen ihm…

Documentaries from the Arab world can often be intensely personal, with filmmakers using their own lives, experiences and surroundings as a first – and often tentative – step towards a whole world of stories they might ultimately want to tackle. This can be tedious, to be sure, since not every life is fit for public…

Plotless Wonders

1. Mai 2018 0

While truly great filmmakers have often been able to tell a story without us noticing the narrative devices they so cleverly employ, the same cannot be said for many of today's independent films, since – more often than not – they get rid of that pesky storytelling element altogether. Why bother with a plot, for…